IPL 2022: Shivam Dube, Robin Uthappa floor RCB in CSK’s first win | Cricket

Veteran Robin Uthappa turned the clock back when he threw a 50-ball 88 and Shivam Dube finally played with a 46-ball undefeated 95 to stop the losing streak of Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League with a 23-run victory at Royal Challengers Bangalore at DY Patil Stadium on Tuesday night.

With four consecutive defeats, its worst start in IPL, the Uthappa-Dube show was just the catalyst that CSK needed. Against the in-form RCB, the yellow outfit was a transformed side to the third wicket partnership of 165 runs in just 74 balls – the highest third-wicket partnership in IPL history and the second highest partnership for CSK.

RCB were always against the chase after being reduced to 42/3. At the 15-over mark, they had reached 140/6 with in-form finisher Dinesh Karthik hitting 13 of six balls. The comparison was down to 77 from 30 balls. Karthik overcame Mukesh Choudhary in the 17th over with two sixes and a four in a 23-run over, but he lacked support on the other side.

SIXER SPREE

After finishing their time until the 10th, Dube and Uthappa rattled the RCB bowlers with a six-hit. The left-hander hit eight sixes to prove his transformation into a destructive T20 batter was complete, while Uthappa hit nine sixes. The 88 run knock is Uthappa’s highest score in IPL, improving his 87 against Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017.

Dube joined Ujtappa in the seventh over after Moeen Ali’s run out on the score of 36. At the end of 10 overs, Dube was advancing to 16 off 14 balls and Uthappa stood on 23 off 22 balls. Being on familiar ground helped the Mumbai-based player as he looked in complete control from the start. He took his chances by sending the ball over the fence, but also placed the ball in the holes to lift the early pressure on the scoreboard.

“It was about keeping it simple, nothing special. Striking in straight lines. I’m used to this ground. Today it’s dry and not yet dewy,” Dube said during the indoor break against the broadcaster.

Uthappa, who has been in good contact, made sure he benefited from the start this time.

RCB captain Faf du Plessis’ strategy to push the overs of his spinners in the middle of the innings. It’s where the two big-hitters grabbed the momentum.

From 60/2 to 10 overs they alternated to take 13 runs each from the 11th over bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga and the 12th through Shahbaz Ahmed. Uthappa then hit three seasons from Maxwell to plunder 19 runs from the 13th over. They added another 13 from the next win by Hasaranga, after which they each went 46 runes neck to neck.

MISSING HARSHAL

In an attempt to control the strike, RCB captain Du Plessis took out his spinners and brought up pacer Akash Deep, but the two were unstoppable. They beat Deep for 15 runs with Uthappa choosing six and four and Dubey finished the 15th over with a margin to take the total at 133/2.

RCB clearly lacks the control of Harshal Patel, who has left the team bubble after a family mourning.

In the 17th over, Mohammed Siraj scored for 18 runs with Uthappa collecting two more sixes. The first hit was streaky, flew from the outside edge over the third man, but the second was a beautiful shot from which Uthappa danced and hit right on the ground. Pacer Akash Deep seemed full of rattles to make 24 runs in the 18th, sending down four wides while completing his last two balls.


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